Mary Lou WIlliams

Mary Lou Williams – The Spirit Is Calling

Mary Lou Williams is an important and often overlooked link in the story of Jazz. She was one of the first women to take the stage and own the spotlight. Her compositions and arrangements remain fresh and modern even today.  She was more than a performer; she was the tireless supporter for those carrying jazz forward. She was likely responsible for the discovery of Charlie Christian and set in motion the events that placed him and that new(ish) electric guitar on the largest stage for jazz at that time; Benny Goodman's small groups.